Wednesday 21 February 2018

New zoo arrivals grab lions' share of attention

The two female Asian lion cubs to the newly developed Asian Forests habitat
The two female Asian lion cubs to the newly developed Asian Forests habitat
Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

THEY are just 19-months-old and they already tip the scales at 110kg.

Dublin Zoo's latest arrivals -- a pair of Asian lioness cubs -- were yesterday on the prowl around their new home, the recently constructed 'Asian Forests' habitat, having arrived from Mulhouse Zoo in France four weeks ago.

"They are a little unpredictable at the moment as they are trying to take in everything," said team leader Ciaran McMahon. "It is their first time away from their pride and mom."

Mr McMahon added: "They have a big fondness for chicken and we also feed them 7kg of pork and horse meat every second day."

The zoo plans to breed the pair with a six-year-old male as part of a European-wide zoo breeding programme. Asian lions are critically endangered in the wild with only 400 remaining -- all in the Gir Forest in India.

Irish Independent

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